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Listed buildings book needs local knowledge

Visions of Sudbury book launch in 2013. FL ; Robin Drury ENGANL00520131118094445
Visions of Sudbury book launch in 2013. FL ; Robin Drury ENGANL00520131118094445

Following the recent ‘Visions of Sudbury’ art exhibition, the Sudbury Society is putting together a book on the listed buildings of Sudbury.

The show at St Peter’s, Sudbury in October, asked local artists to produce work on these ‘intriguing and ancient buildings’.

There are nearly 250 of them listed by English Heritage. Five of these were lost in the fire on September 6.

The book, which will feature some of the art, is not intended to be a ‘scholarly’ publication but a snapshot of the current buildings and a window into Sudbury’s past.

The intention is to create a largely visual book that is also an entertaining read.

“With such a rich heritage of interesting buildings we felt that it was time that some of their story was told,” said Robin Drury, responsible for designing and editing the book.

“Local people and visitors might be better able to appreciate how such a variety of dwellings around the town centre add so much to Sudbury’s special character.

“We are keen to hear from and involve the owners of these properties. We need material - in the form of photos of internal and external features, and perhaps photos of bits of ephemera that might be associated with the building.

“Maybe old photos, old deeds, letters? We need to hear what they may know of the history that might not be common knowledge.”

The Sudbury Society published ‘The Unlisted Heritage’ compiled by David Burnett, in 2002. It was produced to establish that many buildings in Sudbury needed recognition and were not protected with ‘Listed’ status.

Mr Drury explained the book now forms the basis of the town’s ‘Local List’ to prevent erosion of the town’s significant building stock.

Anyone interested in the project is invited to an informative presentation. Guests are requested not to bring photos or text on the night. For more information, email editor@sudburysuffolk.co.uk.

The presentation, with light refreshments, is at 8pm on February 24, in St Peter’s, Sudbury.

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